caroline sturgis tappan offers an approach to life and our place in it in her poem entitled "life". it could just as easily have been titled "remembering" for that is its essence. to remember to shine from inside without condition.
"life" greatly to be is enough for me, is enough for thee.
why for work art thou striving, why seek'st thou for aught? to the soul that is living all things shall be brought.
what thou art thou wilt do, and thy work will be true.
but how can I be without labor or love? life comes not to me as to calm gods above. not only above may spirit be found, the sunshine of love streams all around.
the sun does not say, "i will not shine unless every ray falls on planet divine."
he shines upon dust upon things mean and low, his own inward thought maketh him glow.